Cats and Coffee: The CatWise Cat Café Tour

Mary Simpson
by Mary Simpson
Have a seat, grab a coffee and get ready to talk cats with cat behaviorist Pam Johnson-Bennett. The CatWise Cat Cafe Tour is coming to a city near you!

For pet parents wanting advice on how to decode their pussy’s prissy personality, the cat woman will be touring cat cafés this spring, ready to answer your questions. No, not the leather-clad feline of Batman fame, but the cat behaviorist and best-selling author, Pam Johnson-Bennett.

While I’ve always considered my crew to be resistant to playing nice, Johnson-Bennett’s book, Think Like a Cat (Penguin Books) is known to be a game-changer when it comes to training your cat and is oft referred to as the “cat bible” by veterinarians, shelters, behavior professionals and pet owners world-wide. Is that a light I’m seeing at the end of the tunnel?

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Her creds? To begin, her career has spanned more than 30 years and in addition to having been vice president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, she sat on the American Humane Association’s Advisory Board on Animal Behavior and Training, was a behavioral columnist for Cats magazine, and hosted the Nat Geo Wild/Animal Planet show Psycho Kitty, which aired in the UK and Canada.

So this lady knows her stuff. Better still, she knows your cat’s stuff and what makes your puss turn nasty. In fact her book, Cat vs. Cat (Penguin Books), was the first of its kind to address the unique needs of households with multiple felines and how to prevent your home from becoming a “kitty apocalypse.” Now there’s an appropriate term!

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But let’s get back to her tour. Johnson-Bennett will be promoting her most recent release, CatWise (Penguin Books, 2016) and has partnered with the good people at Wellness Natural Pet Food to bring these kit-kat chit-chats to a cat café near you! Their joint mission is to give back to animals in need and in each city the eatery has partnered with an area shelter that will bring adoptable felines to the event.

Not familiar with the cat café concept? In a nutshell, they provide an opportunity for cat lovers to enjoy a coffee, meet others who share their passion and meet some friendly felines who are looking for their forever home. Their popularity and rate of success at placing homeless animals has grown exponentially over the past decade; to the point that they’ve even been featured in Forbes and Fortune magazines.

In addition to providing raffles and fun freebies for attendees at each café on the tour, Wellness Natural Pet Food will be donating 1000 meals to each local shelter to help provide cats with natural nutrition while they wait to be adopted.

The tour officially kicks off March 23 with a press conference at the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida, followed by Johnson-Bennett’s very first gig at the Orlando Cat Café from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Her national tour will include stops in New York, Philadelphia, Portland, and Seattle on the dates and at the locales below.

CatWise Cat Cafe Tour Schedule:

March 23: Orlando, FL at Orange County Orlando Convention Center

March 23: Orlando, FL at Orlando Cat Café

April 20: New York, NY at Meow Parlour

April 21: Hudson Valley, NY at Morgan’s Cat Café

April 22: Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Cat Café

April 23: Philadelphia, PA at Kawaii Kitty Café

June 8: Portland, OR at Purrington Cat Lounge

June 10: Seattle, WA at Meowtropolitan Cat Café

So if your goal this year is to welcome a new kitten into your home, support your local shelter or get some answers to your feuding felines, the CatWise Cat Café tour is your one-stop-shop with a coffee to boot!

Mary Simpson
Mary Simpson

Sharing space with three seriously judgy Schnoodles and a feline who prefers to be left alone. #LivingMyBestLife

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